Our Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable is on again this Friday, as it is most Friday, to discuss and dissect the top news stories of the last two weeks. However, we will start an hour earlier this week, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Join us Friday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. ET. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Register once and you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a podcast and on YouTube. The panel changes from week to week, but usually includes: Nicole Black, legal technology…
Two docketing technology companies will be battling each other in federal court, as New York based CourtAlert.com has filed a lawsuit against California based American LegalNet alleging theft of trade secrets. In a complaint filed Sept. 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, CourtAlert.com alleges that American LegalNet (ALN), its CEO Erez Bustan, and its regional sales manager Robert Loeb, conspired to steal CourtAlert’s confidential and proprietary information, including client lists, product offerings, pricing, marketing opportunities, and sales and revenue data. The complaint alleges: “For years, Defendant ALN has built a business out of…
Today Lex Machina is announcing enhancements to their  COVID-19  tracking tool. Earlier this year Lex Machina launch the COVID-19 Impact Analyzer and has continued publishing a series of blog posts which explain trends in COVID-19  litigation In federal courts. The COVID-19 case tag Lex Machina has created a new case tag for COVID-19 which allows researchers to analyze a subset of cases in which claims which were caused directly or indirectly by the corona virus. Since January 1 almost 4000 cases have been filed in federal district courts due to COVID-19. Case filings peaked in May at 800 and…
In July, I reported here on a survey of private equity firms in the U.S. and U.K. that found that a softening market for M&As and fundraising, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, was causing them to scrutinize their external legal spend more carefully than ever before. Now, the sponsor of that survey,  the spend tracking, management and analysis company Apperio, has extended that research to venture capital firms, analyzing the situation confronting senior legal stakeholders there. This new study, Private Equity and Venture Capital:  Two Industries United by Lackluster Legal Spend Management, concludes that, while VC and PE…
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On August 27, the Arizona Supreme Court voted unanimously to eliminate its ethics rules barring nonlawyers from having an economic interest in law firms or participating in fee-sharing and streamlined rules governing how lawyers can advertise and connect with potential clients. The court also approved a new category of nonlawyer licensee called “Legal Paraprofessionals” (LPs), who will be able to represent clients in court. The approved changes adopt and enact the recommendations made by Arizona’s Task Force on the Delivery of Legal Services. In February, the task force filed a petition with the supreme court to eliminate Ethical Rule…
Tom chats with one of his favorite people in the eDiscovery space, his younger sister Gayle. She gives some tips on flourishing in today’s work at home environment along with some specific tips on using social media for marketing and client development, especially with Zoom. She discusses Ari Kaplan’s Virtual Lunch and how it has brought a sense of “normalcy” into her day and finally, both Gayle and Tom turn to a discussion of wellness in these tough times.…
I’m so excited to announce my new Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community on the Mighty Networks platform. The KIPL Community is something I’ve wanted to build for many years and I believe I’ve found the best way to do that. I invite you to join in on a transformational journey for innovators in law. Why am I launching this now? Here’s the Big Purpose: I bring together innovators, thinkers and doers in law to share our experiences and access innovation resources, courses and projects, so that we can create a collaborative space that provides independence from organizational inertia, freedom to…
For legal professionals who use the cloud-based document management system NetDocuments, workspaces form the hub of their legal matters, where all members of a team can access, organize and collaborate on documents, messages and folders related to a matter. But workspaces can also pose a potential speed bump when getting started on a new matter, because they can be created only by a user with full administrative permissions. While there are strong reasons for this, it can delay a lawyer or other user from starting important work — or at least starting it within NetDocuments. A product launching today, …
ASG LegalTech, the company that owns cloud practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time and MerusCase, has acquired Headnote, the online payments platform that provides e-payments and accounts-receivable management for law firms. At the same time, ASG LegalTech is announcing the first fruit of this acquisition — a fully integrated, all-in-one payment system within the PracticePanther platform called PantherPayments. In an exclusive interview for my LawNext podcast, the CEO of ASG LegalTech, Soumya Nettimi, and the cofounder and CEO of Headnote, Sarah Schaaf, sat down with me to discuss the acquisition and what it means for…
Your website is an important part of your business. Chances are, you’re investing both time and money to ensure that it attracts customers and satisfies their needs so that they decide to do business with you. Now that the global coronavirus pandemic has closed or limited many brick-and-mortar stores, business has been driven online. …
Nominations are open for The Changing Lawyer Awards 2020, four categories of awards that recognize individuals, firms and companies in the legal industry for their roles in embracing and driving change through new technology, service models or behavior. The awards will be presented on Oct. 1 during The Changing Lawyer LIVE!, a virtual conference with an agenda that includes a keynote by the first female private space explorer and panels on diversity in law and digital transformation. Both the awards and the conference are produced by the legal technology company Litera. The deadline for nominations for the awards…
What if someone gave you a bunch of free billboard space in the city that you practice in? What if the billboard company was willing to give space in the most trafficked areas of your city? And what if they helped you craft the perfect message? One optimized to get the attention of your ideal client? Knock, knock… Getting this for free would be a HUGE opportunity right? And I’m guessing you’d jump at the chance to take advantage of this opportunity. Well, unfortunately, the billboard companies aren’t giving away physical space for free. But let me share how you…
Google Street View can be intrusive, especially if you had all your windows open when the Google recording vehicle drove by your house. Of course, other people were thrilled that Google Street View preserved them for posterity sitting on their front porch or working in their yard. Before you decide to replace the image of your house with a blur on Google Street View, you should be aware that Google says this is “permanent.” So, if you are going to be placing your house on the market in the near future, this sounds like a poor idea. (I wonder if…